Staff & Board Members


Board and Staff Composition

The Board and volunteers of the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland represent a great variety of employment fields, academic majors, and interests. The diversity of the Board of Directors, volunteers and staff reflects that of our community. The Board members range in age from the 20s to the 90s, with many religions and most ethnic, racial, and socio-economic groups represented. This diversity in all areas is reflected in our volunteer and staff groups as well.


Ineda Adesanya                                                                                                                                                             Cherisse Baatin
Sharon Bettinelli
Marilyn Cleveland, Recording Secretary
Jennifer Farnstrom
Kate Earle Funk
Amy He
Mary Huang
Kate Ireland
Angela Jackson-Castain
Denise Jeffrey
Karen Jeffrey-Anthony
Laura Kirkwood-Datta, Vice President
Michele LeProhn
Treacy Malloy, Corresponding Secretary
Judy Martin, Treasurer
Mary Stewart McCosker
Jennifer Mitchell
Sarah Knox Miyazaki
Linda Oliver
Dia Penning
Noni Ramos
Mary Remy
Leslie Veen, President
Dawn Weinstein
Samantha Wellerstein
Jennifer Meux White


The YWCA Berkeley/Oakland staff is hard working, well educated and extremely committed to social service and the goals outlined in our mission. Each staff member is uniquely qualified for their position and all of our programs benefit from the diversity of our staff.

Jenny DeRuntz – Executive Director

Maria Guillen – Program Director: Financial Literacy and Rentals

Rena Guidry – Program Director: Dance Fitness and Social Engagement

Karen Lei and Marilyn Watson – Program Directors: English in Action

Desmarie Jackson – Program Directors: Girls Group Mentoring

Claire Marchiano – Career Counselor and Coach

Virginia Morgan – Office Manager

Liz Atkins-Pattenson – Program Director: Community

Allison Peck – Accounts Bookkeeper

Ana Rivas – Housekeeper

Felix Tsai – Caretaker

Krysta Williams – Program Director: Youth Development and Social Justice